Changes to tax provisions in a bill providing health coverage for 9/11 emergency responders helped enable the legislation to pass Congress despite the opposition of some leading Republican lawmakers.

The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, sponsored by Senators Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N,Y., and Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., has been a priority of New York’s congressional delegation for years. Named after a New York City police officer who died in 2006 of respiratory disease attributed to his rescue and recovery work at Ground Zero, the bill would provide health care for 9/11 first responders who rushed to Ground Zero in the days after the World Trade Center attack, as well as volunteers and construction workers who cleared the debris and recovered the remains of the victims.

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